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Responsive

Thursday, 13 November, 2014 - 7:05 am

 

Check it out the Harford Chabad website. Yup, that’s correct our website in now responsive. In short it means that when you see it on your cell phone or tablet or computer, the display will respond according to your device. It will enhance your web viewing experience to make reading easier and minimize resizing, panning, and scrolling for simpler navigation. 

A little over 300 years ago the Baal Shem Tov introduced to mainstream Judaism a responsive G-d; that every person can have a personal relationship with Him. A G-d that wants a relationship even in the mundane activities, a G-d that wants us to eat food, tasty food and healthy food and at the same time, make a blessing on the food. ( see the blessings on the new responsive website)

This concept was introduced into the world almost 4000 years ago by Abraham. In this week’s Torah portion, when Abraham is giving instruction to his servant Eliezer to go find a wife for his son Isaac, he says: "the G-d of Heaven, who took me from my fathers house...". When G-d first took Abraham from his father’s house, indeed G-d was only the G-d of Heaven - not responsive.  But Abraham, through his faith and self sacrifice, turned G-d into the G-d of Earth as well, a.k.a. responsive.

What does this mean on a practical level?  It means that G-d is your friend.  G-d is close to all of us.  G-d responds to us. G-d is not a distant G-d but our G-d, to whom you can turn to in good times and in rough times.  G-d wants us to be connected to Him in all we do.  Not only when we are doing Holy things but also when we are engaged in mundane behavior.  In all these instances, G-d wants us to be thinking about Him and enriching the world around us with His presence.

So what are you waiting for?

Like any relationship it requires an investment of self. 

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

 

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